Further news on the BSI standard on diversity and inclusion
Last year the BSI launched the BS 76000 standard that says people are inherently valuable and are an organisation’s biggest asset. The standard provides a framework for any organisation to put processes in place that will help support that relationship. To facilitate the practical application of the standard, a set of Codes of Practice is being developed, with diversity and inclusion being the first.
Explains Professor Hoel: “The way in which an organisation values its people is at the heart of its success, and it is becoming increasingly recognised that a competent and principled approach to people management and development is essential for organisations of all sizes, types and sector.
“Valuing and embedding diversity and inclusion within organisations, and their relationships with customers, supply chain partners and the communities in which organisations are located, is an essential part of valuing people.
ESRC Seminar Series: Migrants, Workplace and Community: Learning from Innovation in Civil Society
Migrant Worker Initiatives and Established Labour Organisations
Organisers: Stefania Marino, Miguel Martínez Lucio and Stephen Mustchin
25th November 2016
The question of trade unions and their responses to migration has become a central feature of the study of labour and employment relations and the sociology of work more generally. Recent research has engaged with the different ways trade unions have responded to the challenges facing migrant workers in a more precarious working environment and the way in which the broader body of regulation and rights can be sustained and enhanced. Trade unions respond in a variety of ways and attitudes and policies have varied greatly over time and according to the specific context. In recent years, there has been an emerging consensus regarding the need for a greater sensibility to issues of race and social exclusion.
In the current context, there is a growing awareness that the climate of growing xenophobia and the limited reach of trade unions have brought a new set of challenges to migrant communities and trade unions. In some cases, these challenges have generated new forms of worker organisation, e.g. new forms of independent models of representation and action within and beyond the main remit of traditional associations. Furthermore, the question of ‘Brexit’ and the emergence of a more ambivalent approach to migration issues in some trade union communications suggest a new set of challenges to the hopes of social inclusion and equality.
The Seminars will have speakers discussing developments in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. It will also have speakers discussing the new forms of worker organisations that are emerging and the problems presented by the current political and social climate. Details of the sessions will be announced soon. The main speakers and discussants will be Gabriella Alberti, Heather Connolly, Zita Holbourne, Stefania Marino, Miguel Martinez Lucio, Stephen Mustchin, Davide Pero, Judith Roosblad, Mohammed Taj and Michael Whittall.
Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School, Dover Street Building, room 1.037
Date: 25th November
Registration Event Brite http://esrc_seminar_series.eventbrite.co.uk
9.30 Welcome- Davide Pero’, Nottingham University Business Schoo
Introduction- Stefania Marino, Miguel Martinez Lucio, Stephen Mustchin, University of Manchester
10.00 - 11.15 Trade unions and labour migration in North-West Europe
‘The "Schatten" side of labour Migration in German – trade union responses to precarious employment practices’ - Michael Whittall, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
‘Trade unions and migrant workers in the Netherlands’- Judith Roosblad, University of Amsterdam
11.15-11.40 Tea and Coffee
11.40-1.30 Trade unions and labour migration in the UK: Recent developments and dilemmas
‘A pattern of restriction of social and mobility rights for EU migrants in the UK? Implications for labour relations’- Gabriella Alberti, University of Leeds
‘Trade union responses to migration in the UK: past lessons and future challenges’- Heather Connolly, De Montford University
Davide Pero’, University of Nottingham
2.30-4.30 Roundtable: Where do trade unions go from here? Questions of racism and xenophobia
Zita Holbourne, BARAC & PCS
Mohammed Taj, Unite and Former President of TUC
Discussant and chair Stephen Mustchin, University of Manchester
The conference aims to bring together academics and practitioners to discuss issues on the subject of fairness at work in what remains a challenging environment politically and economically.
Discussions will centre on how initiatives in terms of good employment practices (e.g. the use of labour standards, trade union responses to change, social movement audits and management interventions) are being influenced or undermined by the current environment.
The conference will contribute to our understanding of the challenges facing such initiatives and how organisations are responding to the hostile and uncertain context we live in, especially given highly complex global networks and structures in terms of production and service delivery. The questions of equality, social inclusion, worker participation and worker health – and their enforcement – are ongoing concerns regard-less of the changes taking place.
Plenary speakers include:
· Rosemary Batt
Alice Cook, Professor of Women and Work at Cornell University
· Madeleine Bunting
Writer, Newspaper Columnist and Broadcaster
· Rachel Cohen
City University, London
· Tony Dundon
Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester
· Damian Grimshaw
Alliance Manchester Business School,The University of Manchester
· Salvo Leonardi
Fondazione Di Vittorio
· Richard Saundry
The University of Plymouth
· Carol Woodhams
The University of Exeter
Venue: The University of Manchester
When: September 12th and 13th 2016
Cost: £180 Waged for both days (£50 unwaged) (includes lunch and conference meal) please look at the flyer for further payment options.
For further information please download the conference flyer
Registration is open
To register for this conference please contact Kate.Lagan@Manchester.ac.uk
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Helge Hoel and Anne McBride are now leading the development of the first Code of Practice (CoP) associated with this standard: Diversity and Social Inclusion. They are doing so in close collaboration with the membership of the BSI drafting panel – set up for the purpose and including members from the private and the public sectors, and key industry bodies, all with broad expertise in the area of diversity and social inclusion. The undertaking is inspired by and actively supported by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
The Committee’s work is supported by a comprehensive evidence-based literature review outlining key issues associated with workplace diversity and social inclusion. This resource document, which is now available from the FairWRC website (link below), was collectively compiled last summer by a group of 19 members of FairWRC, all experts within their fields of research. The resource document highlights the importance of diversity and social inclusion for a number of workplace issues, e.g. widening participation; job quality; pay and working time; voice and representation; and conflict management, and taken altogether addresses issues associated with ‘getting in’, ‘getting on’ and ‘getting out’ of the organization. For practical purposes the document is organized under three headings: pool of talent (people); performance and sustainability (the job); and dignity at work (environment).
Anne and Helge gathered initial feedback on their proposed model at the launch of BS 76000 in London on 30 September and are currently chairing the work of the BSI committee, with the aim of developing the Code of Practice by the end of 2016. This will follow a period of public consultation. The work of the drafting panel will be discussed at FairWRC’s conference in September (see this issue) where several members of the panel will take part in a discussion about the aims and intentions of the CoP. A formal consultation meeting with interested parties will take place in Manchester later in the autumn.
Miguel Martinez Lucio (Head of FairWRC) said: “Standards and benchmarks are becoming a key part of the way organizations engage with issues of fairness and dignity. It is good to see the role of the expert academic being acknowledged more clearly in such processes, which in turn will ensure these standards are informed by independent and critical positions”.
The resource document can be downloaded here.
The associated press release is available here.
The workshop has contributed to the public debate on immigration, the labour market and political regulations by comparing and contrasting alternative views to the mainstream standpoints and by providing an informed outlook on current challenges as well as a reflection on possible solutions. The discussion has focused on the working and living conditions of migrant workers in the UK, analysed the effects of austerity measures on BME communities, scrutinise the policies advocated by political parties, and reflect on the challenges for and the role of trade unions in promoting social cohesion. The contribution of international speakers has provided a comparative view on these topics and has enlarged the debate on the impact of neoliberalism, austerity and economic crisis on the labour standards and national regulatory frameworks. The workshop has included the contribution of members of different voluntary associations and organizations, including representatives of several trade unions, as well as national and international academics. The event has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council under its Future Research Leader Scheme [grant number ES/K001752/1], the International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion network (IMISCOE) and Manchester Business School.
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Organisational changes and the ageing workforce have seen a shift in individuals’ attitudes towards work. Dr Sheena Johnson, senior lecturer in Organisational Psychology at Alliance Manchester Business School, has explored the value of older workers in the ever changing workforce, and how organisational changes will affect those aged 65 in 2025 and 2040.
The Evidence Review, which was published on 28th September 2015, by Government Office for Science, focuses on the ageing workforce, how organisations are reacting (or not) to this, and what the likely impact of workforce demographics and organisational changes will be on older individuals in the future.
The key findings of the research show:
In relation to the findings, Dr Johnson said: “We have an ageing workforce and older workers will form a large proportion of the workforce in the future. This brings both challenges and opportunities to employers. The findings of this review provide a challenging perceptive. We are starting to see a shift in the way ‘older’ workers are valued. Our findings show that in time, it is likely that experience will need to be seen as valuable as qualifications – which will result in increasing demand for older workers. In turn, we must accommodate older worker demand for training, part-time and flexible work.”
The work-related views and career moves of those retiring in 10 years’ time is expected to be vastly different when compared with those reaching retirement in 2040. With the increasing retirement age, those individuals in 2040 are expected to be more accepting of the need to work to an older age, and will have had more career changes in order to acquire new skills throughout their employment.
Read the full report here.
Join ETI and Innovation Forum as we bring together the leading lights in ethical trade for a 2-day international event in London on 19-20 October.
The conference provides a platform for global leaders, policy makers and practitioners to share ideas, examples and future strategies for addressing the challenges of corporate human rights and ethical trade. Join the representatives of governments, civil society, trade organisations and socially progressive businesses at the forefront of ethical and sustainable business.
Suppliers, retailers and workers from the global South will also be represented.
Our programme includes analysis of key sustainability trends, the future of corporate strategy and leadership on ethical trade, and explores new models of collaboration. A range of breakout sessions on both days will enable you to interact and share insights on topics including:
...and many more.
For more information, click here.
To mark the start of MBS' 50th anniversary in 2015, Sir George Bain delivered the inaugral lecture on The Future of the National Minimum Wage. George spoke about The Future of the National Minimum Wage, alongside discussant Professor Jill Rubery who brought her extensive experience in the field of low pay and minimum wage policy to bear on the topic.
Click here for more information about the event.
The Changing Face of Employment Relations over the Last 50 Years
Professor Jill Rubery joined a line-up of speakers at the Manchester Industrial Relations Society’s 50th anniversary conference, centered on the theme of The Changing Face of Employment Relations over the Last 50 Years,
Over 200 industrial relations academics from across the country, trade union officers, Human Resource professionals from the Chartered Institute for Personal and Development (CIPD), officials from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), labour lawyers from the Industrial Law Society, and postgraduate employment relations/HRM students, attended the conference which was held on November 21 at the University of Manchester.
The conference provided an important testimony to the continuing theoretical and practical contemporary relevance of the field of employment relations, and in the process celebrated the Manchester Industrial Relations Society’s distinctive contribution since 1964.
FairWRC were one of the sponsors of the event, alongside a number of other organisations including the CIPD, Acas, TUC, British Universities Industrial Relations Association, Salford Business School and Manchester Metropolitan University Business School.
Jill pivoted her presentation on the 'Four Fs of Employment Change': Who works: Feminisation - from mainly men to both men and women; How we work: Flexibilisation – from standard to flexible employment; For whom we work: Fragmentation – from single employer to multi-employers; and What work is for: Financialisation – from producing goods/services to financial value. Signalling the global and political forces shaping such changes over the last 50 years, she also commented on outcomes and future prospects in terms of both negative and positive features.
You can read a report of the conference here.
Professor Jeremy Waddington is the honorary president of MIRS.
Almost 50 university academics, HR practitioners and trade union representatives came together at the British Academy in London on 3 July 2014 to see the launch of seven new research briefings from the Fairness at Work Research Centre (FairWRC).
The past few decades have seen an increasing interest in questions of fairness at work; however, this agenda has come under increasing pressure due the economic crisis, the shift to new forms of work intensification and a political questioning of the equality agenda. These leading-edge research briefings discuss how organisations and individuals have tried to sustain and enhance fairness at work in this challenging new environment.
After a warm welcome to the delegates from conference organisers Helge Hoel and Miguel Martinez Lucio, Heather Wakefield from UNISON opened the day's agenda with an insightful, and at times sobering, presentation on the current situation for workers in the UK. The first four research briefings on the subjects of work intensification and dignity at work, including zero hour contracts, decent wages, and the spectre of crowd-sourcing, were then presented by their FairWRC authors Stephanie Barrientos, Jill Rubery, Damian Grimshaw and Debra Howcroft.
After a break for coffee and further questions, Wilson Wong from the CIPD gave a fascinating insight into what fairness at work means today before the last three papers were presented by Helge Hoel, Sheena Johnson and Gail Hebson, with a focus on equality and new social rights such as the question of age and LGB issues.
Rounding off the day was invited speaker Kate Green MP who talked about the current political climate, successes achieved and challenges yet to be faced.
Watch the event video:
Download the briefings
Thanks to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for their support in the production of the briefings.
Questions of fairness and decency over the last few years have become the object of major political and ideological interventions in the midst of economic crisis and change. There is an ongoing demand to deepen and broaden the issue of fairness in work and employment and the questions of equality, voice, health – and their enforcement – are seen as vital to the shaping of work relations. However, the ongoing challenges of increasing xenophobia, the undermining of collective rights and attempts to harness fairness in mainly ‘business case’ terms – weakening its social agenda – have led to very real tensions and struggles over the meaning and purpose of fairness. The conference aims to evaluate and discuss these issues through a range of research presentations from academics and practitioners from various national contexts.
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Date: Thursday 3 July 2014
Time: 12.30 - 5.30pm (lunch will be provided at 12.30pm)
Venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH
This half-day conference will focus on how organisations and individuals have responded to the questions of fairness at work during a period when the economic and political climate has become hostile or, at best, ambivalent to such ideas.
Manchester Business School’s Fairness at Work Research Centre (FairWRC) – as one of the leading research centres on employment practices – will present a range of research briefings that focus on fairness at work and its challenges.
The conference will bring together academics and practitioners from organisations including TUC, UNISON, UCATT, CIPD, EHRC and HSE.
To sign up for your complimentary place email:firstname.lastname@example.org.